Abdul Majid Khan Tarin

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Khan Abdul Majid Khan Tarin, Khan Sahib, OBE (1877-1939) was a prominent magistrate, judge and later MLA, of the NWFP assembly, in British India.

Khan Abdul Majid Khan Tarin

Background[change | change source]

He was the son of a tribal Tarin (or Tareen) chieftain and cavalry officer, Sardar Habib Khan (1829-1888), Nawab-Bahadur, Risaldar[1] ; and was born in Talokar village, near Haripur, in what was later to be the Hazara area of the NWFP, in British India. After his father's death he was educated by English tutors and then sent to Aitchison College, Lahore for studies. Later, he was sent to England and became a Barrister[2].

Career[change | change source]

Abdul Majid Khan Tarin served as a Magistrate and Judge in the Punjab service from 1902[3] to 1934 and then, after his retirement, he joined the All India Muslim League. In 1937 he was elected an MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly) of the North-West Frontier Province[4] but could not complete his tenure there as he died in September 1939, after a short illness[5].

Legacy[change | change source]

His son Khan Abdul Salim Khan was a Pakistani diplomat who served as ambassador in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), Japan, USA and the UK and his daughter-in-law Begum Mahmooda Salim Khan was later Pakistan's first woman minister during the regime of General Ayub Khan. One of his great-grandsons is the Pakistani poet and scholar, Omer Tarin.

Majid Khan Tarin was also a very active early philanthropist of his area and opened many educational institutions and set up a medical ward for Tuberculosis patients at the Haripur government hospital. His family has continued this charitable tradition.

References[change | change source]

  1. Col HSGM McRae, Regimental History of the 45th Rattrays Sikhs Vol 1, Glasgow, 1933, p.136
  2. Punjab Government Gazetteer, 1932
  3. Whos Who in India 1932 ed
  4. Brief Historical Introduction to the early NWFP Assembly
  5. 'The Hazara Enquirer', obituary notice 23rd Sept 1939